Montpelier Interprets Slavery

By: Venton Blandin Email
By: Venton Blandin Email

February 1, 2007

James Madison's Montpelier unveiled its interpretation of life as a slave through of the eyes of someone who may know.

A descendant of free and enslaved blacks at Montpelier helped the foundation interpret artifacts found on the property.

The foundation showed three images to the public drawn by a local artist, so people could understand slavery in pictures rather than only in words.

"We took that information, used photographs of things we knew about, pieced it all together, and put the dimensions on there. We put the model of the village on there, made a model of the home site, and we went from there.">

The Montpelier Foundation said the whole process took a little over a year to complete.

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